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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Medium

Citroen started working on the BX model in the '70s, but its bankruptcy put the project on hold until Peugeot bought the carmaker and financed it.

The car was designed to replace the GS model, which was on the market since 1970. Still, there was a disagreement regarding the exterior design, which calmed down after the carmaker bought the Volvo Tundra project from Bertone Studios. Volvo rejected it because it was considered too bold but fitted Citroen's needs like a glove. Despite its angular shapes, the hatchback featured a lower drag coefficient than the GS's, and its size matched the carmaker's needs. Moreover, its platform was cheaper than the one used for the GS. It featured McPherson struts at the front instead of double-wishbones. Still, it worked well together with the already famous hydropneumatic, self-leveling suspension system.

On the outside, it looked like the designers used only rulers and straight-angles to design the car. Its squared headlights with small, corner-mounted turn signals flanked the front of the hood, which was angled down. Citroen cooled the engine through a grille-mounted in the lower side of the wrapped-around plastic bumper. On the sides, the flush door handles and the flat body panels were completely different than the rounded shapes used by Citroen before. The raked-forward C-pillars and tailgate formed a Kammback styling at the back, while the taillights were also squared.

Inside, the French carmaker installed a squared-looking dashboard with flat panels. The instrument cluster featured most of the buttons mounted on the sides, including the turn-signal rocker-switcher, which had to be turned off by the driver. A one-spoke steering wheel was unusual for other carmakers, but not for Citroen, who used that system since the '50s. Thanks to the transverse-mounted engine, the car offered enough room for up to five passengers.

Under the hood, Citroen relied on Peugeot's engines with 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter displacements. Later on, the carmaker added more powerplants to the BX lineup.

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CITROEN BX 1983 - 1986
  6 gasoline engines
  • 1.4L 4MT (62 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (72 HP)
  • 1.6L 4AT (94 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (94 HP)
  • 1.9L 5MT (105 HP)
  • 1.9L 5MT (126 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.9L D 4AT (65 HP)
  • 1.9L D 5MT (65 HP)
brochures (download)
CITROEN BX Brochure (UK)

CITROEN BX 1.4L 4MT (62 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 4MT (62 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1360 cm3
Power
45 KW @ 5500 RPM
61 HP @ 5500 RPM
60 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
78 lb-ft @ 2600 RPM
106 Nm @ 2600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
1.3 gallons (4.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96.3 mph (155 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145SR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1918 lbs (870 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042.4 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
34 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.4L 5MT (72 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (72 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1360 cm3
Power
53 KW @ 5750 RPM
72 HP @ 5750 RPM
71 BHP @ 5750 RPM
Torque
78 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
106 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
101.3 mph (163 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145SR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1926.8 lbs (874 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3042.4 lbs (1380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.6L 4AT (94 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 4AT (94 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1580 cm3
Power
69 KW @ 6000 RPM
94 HP @ 6000 RPM
93 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
135 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2233 lbs (1013 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3175 lbs (1440 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.6L 5MT (94 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (94 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1580 cm3
Power
69 KW @ 6000 RPM
94 HP @ 6000 RPM
93 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
135 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109.4 mph (176 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.3 lbs (930 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3152.6 lbs (1430 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.9L 5MT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L 5MT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
77 KW @ 5600 RPM
105 HP @ 5600 RPM
103 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
117 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
158 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
1.3 gallons (4.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2187 lbs (992 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3218.7 lbs (1460 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.9L 5MT (126 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L 5MT (126 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
93 KW @ 5800 RPM
126 HP @ 5800 RPM
125 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
127 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
172 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121.2 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2226.7 lbs (1010 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3329 lbs (1510 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.9L D 4AT (65 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L D 4AT (65 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
48 KW @ 4600 RPM
65 HP @ 4600 RPM
64 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
87 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
118 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
97 mph (156 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2242 lbs (1017 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3263 lbs (1480 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
38.6 mpg US (6.1 L/100Km)

CITROEN BX 1.9L D 5MT (65 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L D 5MT (65 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
48 KW @ 4600 RPM
65 HP @ 4600 RPM
64 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
87 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
118 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
97.6 mph (157 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.5/53.5 in (1,410/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.6 cuFT (442 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2304 lbs (1045 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3262.8 lbs (1480 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
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